Hundreds head out on two-wheeled tour of Maine
A chorus of zippers awoke hundreds of people Sunday morning as they prepared for the first leg of the BikeMaine tour.
The journey celebrates the people, places, culture and food of Maine. This year’s week-long tour begins and ends at Riverside Park in Westbrook. Over the course of their adventure, cyclists will travel 50+ miles a day, looping around Sebago Lake, up into the Oxford Hills, across the Androscoggin River and up to the Belgrade Lakes. The adventurers will then hook south and make for Boothbay Harbor, then travel along the Midcoast and the shores of Casco Bay until they return to Westbrook.
This is the second year for the tour and organizers created a whole new map.
Last year, BikeMaine contributed nearly $235,000 to communities along its route.
“We try very hard to use as much Maine-grown food as possible and we do a really good job of it by sourcing locally at farms,” explains BikeMaine Founder Mark Ishkanian, “We use a lot of community organizations to prepare the food, so in exchange for preparing the food, we give them money.”
The money that pays for the food and other services purchased along the way comes from the registration fee paid by the hundreds of riders.